GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov as a participant in the "Deutschland Grand Prix"
He is well-known and popular in the chess world and especially in Germany: Rustam Kasimdzhanov - chess grandmaster, chess trainer, author and commentator - is an extremely esteemed personality in the chess scene. Born in Tashkent, he has been living in Germany for some time and thus fits perfectly into the field of participants of the grandmaster tournament, in which national and international top grandmasters compete. Kasimdzhanov gained enormous fame through his victory in the FIDE World Championship in 2004, so that he then participated in several tournaments of the absolute world elite. But so far a participation in Dortmund is missing in his CV, so he says:
"I am so looking forward to Dortmund! It was always kind of strange for me that I had never played in Dortmund."
16-year-old grandmaster makes his debut in Dortmund in 2021
Vincent Keymer is a household name on the German chess scene: International Master at the age of less than 13 in 2017, since then a regular player in the 1st Bundesliga for SF Deizisau. In 2019 Keymer won the open Grenke Chess Classic with an outstanding Elo performance of 2795 and has been able to call himself Grandmaster since February 2020. Now he is scratching the 2600 Elo mark, although the pandemic hardly lets him play rated games. All the more reason for him to look forward to finally meeting top national and international grandmasters at the chessboard again in the "Germany Grand Prix" in July.
Vincent Keymer 2019 | Picture: Georgios Souleidis
Grandmaster Gata Kamsky takes part in the "Deutschland Grand Prix"
Dortmund 1992: In the Westfalenhallen Dortmund, the world champion Garry Kasparov sits at the board against the 18-year-old grandmaster Gata Kamsky and plays his feared King's Indian with Black. However, Kamsky gets involved in the main lines, Kasparov brings an innovation on move 20 with a bishop sacrifice. Kamsky reacts cool, Kasparov puts a second minor piece into the bargain and the white king is bare. But Gata Kamsky defends himself precisely, fends off all attacks and the World Champion concedes defeat after 38 moves!
Photo: Press Office of the City of Dortmund